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21 year old stroke survivor
girlygirl22 posted:
Hello, I am a 21 year old female with a history fo sickle cell disease ss. On April 5, 2013 I had a stroke that affected my right side. Since then i have been going to physical therapy to strengthen my right leg and to improve my walking. I had my last session on June 20, 2013 and I am dealing with feelings of depression anxiety an disapointment beacause although I've made great progress I am still walking with a slight limp and as superficial as it sounds, I have not gone back to wearing heals, dancing or doing the things that make me feel like my normal self. Whenever I ask questions like will I have a full recovery? the response is always very vague and non specific, and I'm just wondering if there's anyone like me who has had a full recovery and can give me some sense of hope
swca1001 responded:
I am hoping you still check this a year later and will see this. I am also a 21 year old female and I had a stoke about a month ago. It was very minor; while parts of my left side were numb and tingly for about 2 or 3 weeks (mainly my hand and foot), I never lost the ability to grasp things or anything like that, and I haven't had to go to PT. I have full feeling back now, but some days my left hand will be twitchy and certain tasks are a little difficult. I understand the depression, anxiety, and disappointment you are experiencing. It seems the stroke had the biggest effect on my mental stability. I am so thankful that nothing worse happened, but I'm still left with so many questions. My doctors did a full stroke work-up and have no idea what caused it; I don't have any closure. I feel as if my body betrayed me and I have no control over it anymore. I am excessively tired all the time, and it's difficult for me to try to get back to my normally busy routine. And because I'm 21, no one really understands what I'm going through. I don't feel like my normal self either. I hope that you have made a full recovery and have found hope in such a difficult situation. I am here to talk if you need it.

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